Timothy Berring 
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Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

Musician - Agreed. No special dispensations should be granted for racist remarks. That aside, those taking the position that whites should not be permitted to sing certain numbers made popular by African-American recording artists must of needs define their terms. In Antebellum days slave holders in the Americas established a precise schedule for determining the the degree of "blackness" of their slaves. Such terms ran the gamut from Mulatto (one black parent, one white parent) to Octoroon (three generations of descent from an African great-grandparent), to Sangmele ( 1/64 black ancestry). Thus do we not now need a scale of "whiteness" to determine at what point someone is no long so "white" that they can be permitted to use certain terminology without being considered racist?

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 01/18/2019 at 2:32 PM

Re: “A letter to our readers

"Perhaps if the Government were not giving our hard earned taxes to non-profit entities like WXXI to purchase for-profit businesses, then all our school property taxes could be lowered. " Mr. East, Ok you win the prize for the best non sequitur on this page. Congratulations. I do agree with your decision to make that your last post. It would be tough to dig the hole any deeper.

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 12/17/2018 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

At the risk of being categorized as a racist or a fellow traveler (which is probably inevitable), it needs to be pointed out that what we are seeing here is a MASSIVE over-reaction by some members of the public. Clearly this is an incident fueled by too much alcohol and too few working brain cells, not by racial antipathy. Indeed, I'd suggest that a pickup truck displaying a Confederate flag decal or sporting such a flag in the rear window far more likely indicates the presence of a true racist than does the vandalism committed by these two liquored-up college boys. Yet we do not see such vehicles being pursued down the road with shouts of "racist". Let these clowns be prosecuted under the law and then expelled from SJF as any and all vandals should be, and then ignored as the garden-variety cretins they obviously are.

Also, and more importantly, to label this vandalism as a "hate crime" serves only to cheapen and demean that term when it should be reserved for REAL hate crimes.

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 12/17/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “A letter to our readers

RobertS47 - I agree. The "alternative" difference between this publication and the Dimbulb & Comical has been shrinking for years and is now virtually non-existent. The biggest difference is that the D&C has access to Gannett, a far greater source of filler and fluff than City can draw from.

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 12/13/2018 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Golisano cancels funding for RBTL theater

1,000 jobs? Pure BS!

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 11/08/2018 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/7

I've always been amazed that a paper that claims to be an "alternative" to the corporate shills at Gannett makes no more of an effort to engage their readers in a discussion than do the prigs at the D&C.

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 11/08/2018 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/7

Should we assume that those such as SIGNE WILKINSON and the other political cartoonists above who demand an absolute freedom of speech for themselves would be OK with one of their peers creating, and some newspaper publishing, the sort of anti-semitic cartoons so popular in German papers in the 1930s?

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Posted by Timothy Berring on 11/07/2018 at 5:18 AM

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